The Best Budget-Friendly Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can be tricky sometimes. With the numerous finishes and multitude of textures out there in the beautyspehere even a beauty junkie like myself can get a little overwhelmed. From Tom Ford to Wet & Wild, I thought I tried almost every luxury, mid-range and affordable eyeshadow on the market. Clearly, I had not. After hearing a ton of buzz on Instagram and the YouTube beauty community I decided to place my first Colourpop Cosmetics order. Through this new brand discovery I found an eyeshadow formula that I just can’t seem to put down and therefore need to share this amazing budget-friendly buy with all of you. To put this simply, EVERYONE NEEDS TO TRY COLOURPOP COSMETICS SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS. No, this is not sponsored. Quite frankly they don’t even know I exist.

For five dollars a pop (haha. get it?) you get the most interesting texture, beautifully pigmented and unique colors I’ve ever seen. Since my first order I’ve tried a bunch & can guarantee you’ll love them.

Here are my thoughts and everything you need to know about these five dollar gems:

The Packaging: Each eyeshadow comes in a white plastic pot with a clear screw-off lid. The Colourpop logo is printed on the top of the lid in pretty holographic writing. This makes it super easy for you to see the specific color of the eyeshadow. If you choose to store them facing down, the shade name is on the bottom of the pot along with the finish. I definitely appreciate this and I’m sure a lot of you will too. The packaging is pretty standard, but makes the most sense for the super unique formula. We will get to that later.  I personally think the packaging is practical, simple and cute. Just make sure the lid is screwed on tight after each use. You don’t want any air to peep through and alter the texture of your shadows.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows (counter-clockwise L-R) on the rocks, fringe, gameface, 3, birthday girl (limited edition), and LaLa
Colourpop Super Shock Shadows: Bottom row (L-R) on the rocks, fringe, gameface. Top row (L-R)  3, birthday girl (limited edition), and LaLa

The Formula: I’ve never tried an eyeshadow formula quite like this one. Colourpop describes the texture as “a long-wearing creme powder,”. So basically,  it’s  a cross between a powder and a cream which equals a truly unusual texture. It feels almost bouncy to the touch. Similar to the Maybelline dream bouncy blushes that came out a couple of years back (LOVEEE THOSE). Depending on the opacity you desire and the finish you choose I’d say these babies work best when applied with your fingers for a more opaque look or a synthetic brush if you’d like a more diffused look on the lids.

The Colors and The Finishes: If it’s one thing that the brand does best it’s creating the most  unique & pigmented shades in a variety of fun finishes. The Super Shock Shadows come in almost 100 different colors ranging from your everyday neutrals to eye-catching metallics to soft pastels. Along with the impressive color selection the brand offers seven different  finishes: satin, matte, metallic, ultra-metallic, pearlized,  a pressed pigment and sheer opal (the latest addition). My personal favorite colors are of  the neutral variety (duhhh). I adore the metallic and pearlized finishes. They’re super creaaaamy and blend beautifully on the lids with minimal effort. I also  find that they work well with eyeshadows in different formulas  from other brands. I really appreciate this perk of the Colourpop eyeshadows because it allows me to use one of the brand’s striking metallic shades all over my lid and then pop one of my favorite matte shadows in the crease for some added depth and definition.  Another plus is that there is almost no creasing after eight hours of wear!  I do always use an eyeshadow primer so I can’t vouch for whether or not they crease on their own. I suggest wearing a primer underneath to be on the safe side.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows (L-R) on the rocks, fringe, gameface, 3, birthday girl (limited edition), and LaLa
Colourpop Super Shock Shadows (L-R) on the rocks, fringe, gameface, 3, birthday girl (limited edition), and LaLa

Verdict: You need these.

Are you interested in trying these amazing affordable eyeshadows or some of the brands other stellar products? Head to colourpop.com to check them out for yourself.

If you have tried the brand, have any recommendations for me or are interested in trying them out let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

xox,

amanda brooke

COVERGIRL Bombshell Collection

Doesn’t every girl wanna be a bombshell? Well thanks to COVERGIRL now we can. COVERGIRL recently released its new BOMBSHELL Collection giving all women the beauty tools they need to create a sexy, stunning bombshell inspired makeup look.

image-9

The first product I’m going to review is the COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara. COVERGIRL took note to those women that like to “cocktail” mascaras, a.k.a me, and created a 2 in 1 product. This Mascara has a dual-ended wand that allows for both MEGA VOLUME and DRAMATIC INTENSITY.

image-7

To achieve those bombshell lashes follow these two steps:

Step 1: Coat your lashes with the extreme volume basecoat. This side of the mascara is supposed to give your lashes incredible volume without the clumps. To be honest, while I do enjoy this mascara, I wouldn’t say it is totally clump free. During application, I applied one coat to my upper and lower lashes and noticed some clumping. However,this is inevitable with volumizing mascaras.If you are familiar with the original LashBlast mascara by COVERGIRL, the brush on this end is virtually the same.

mascara wand

Step 2: After coating lashes with the extreme volume basecoat, apply the dark, intensifying topcoat. This end of the mascara claims to seal in the basecoat, giving lashes a dark smooth finish with the ultimate lasting power. I happen to really like this side of the mascara. This end of the wand is just your average bristle brush. These types of brushes are excellent for adding length to your lashes. I definitely think this the finishing touch to take your lashes into the bombshell zone.

This mascara comes in four different shades:Very Black, Black,Black/Brown and Brown and retails between $9-12.

The next product that was sent to me is the COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner. This liner claims to give your eyes an intense and captivating look. The liner has a precision felt tip pen with a formula that glides on smoothly. I absolutely love this eyeliner. I am normally terrible at applying liquid eyeliner, but this made it absolutely effortless. To apply I put one swipe of the liner on my upper lashline. I really enjoyed the subtle flexibility of the felt tip. It gave me a great amount of precision. My only complaint is that I do wish the actual formula was slightly more black. Overall, this liner gave me a deep, dark and sexy look-definitely bombshell worthy.

image-5

This long-wear eyeliner comes in two shades: Pitch Black Passion and Chocolate Kiss. It retails between $7-9.

Overall, I really enjoyed these new COVERGIRL products. I am looking forward to trying the Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast from the line as well.

hope you enjoyed. Leave your comments or questions down below!

For more information check out http://www.covergirl.com

xox,

amanda brooke

 

 

Capitol Collection Glosstinis from CoverGirl

CoverGirl does it again with their oh-so-cute Glosstinis inspired by the new Hunger Games movie: Catching Fire.

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 5.14.48 PM

As I’ve said before I LOVE the Glosstinis. I am a self-proclaimed nail polish addict and clearly do not need another bottle. These Glosstinis are the perfect thing for lacquer lovers who have a ton of nail polish or those who just want to try a color without the commitment of a big bottle.

(L-R) Pyro Pink, Inferno and Seared Bronze
                                           (L-R) Pyro Pink, Inferno and Seared Bronze

The Capitol Collection contains 9 stunning shimmery shades that create a show-stopping luxurious look on the nails. The formula is also long-lasting. I did have to use three coats to achieve full opacity, but trust me it is well worth it!

The shades are:

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 5.14.30 PM

 

I received Inferno (615), Seared Bronze (630) and Pyro Pink (620). All shades are gorgeous, but my personal fave is seared bronze. This color is perfect for an accent nail!

photo

Go get these Glosstinis now!

 

Available for a limited time at all of your local CoverGirl retailers.

xox,

amanda brooke

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast

When I received my products from COVERGIRL this month I was extremely pleased to see the COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara a.k.a one of my FAVORITE MASCARAS of all time. We are talking holy grail status.

Photo Credit: COVERGIRL.com

This mascara is perfect for achieving long lush lashes without the clumps. The thing that l love most about this mascara is that you can coat your lashes as many times as you want (I’m a three-coater type of gal) and it never gets clumpy.I’m all for volume and length but clumpy lashes are definitely not a good look.image

The “lash-hugging” innovated curved brush allows you to coat each lash from root-to-tip giving you 200 percent more volume. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

image-1

This mascara comes in 4 different shades: Very Black (800), Black (805), Black Brown (810) and Brown (815).

Clearly, I am a huge fan of this mascara and for $6.99 I encourage all of you to go to your local drugstores and snatch up this wallet-friendly gem!

image-2

For more information check out covergirl.com

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried the COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara?

xox,

amanda brooke

 

 

New COVERGIRL Lipsticks Smoochies Lip Balm

It’s time to pucker up for the new and fabulous COVERGIRL Smoochies Lip Balm. I’m absolutely loving these pretty little balms. Not only are they super cute with names like #luv bug and # c u l8r, but also leave the perfect amount of sheer, glossy color on the lips.

(L-R) Luv Bug, Sweet Tweet and C U L8r
(L-R) Luv Bug, Sweet Tweet and C U L8r

The COVERGIRL Smoochies are super moisturizing and contain lip conditioning ingredients including cocoa, mango, aloe and shea butters. They are perfect lip product for those of us who are on-the-go and in need of an easy hydrating lip balm. With school right around the corner I know I will be getting a ton of use out of them. My personal favorite being # luv bug, a sheer berry color.  I love the versatility of them you can definitely build up the color to be more opaque or wear them sheer. These are a definite must-have product for lip balm lovers.

Photo Credit: COVERGIRL
                                    Photo Credit: COVERGIRL

Smoochies Lip Balm is available in 12 shades.

  • C U L8R (210)
  • Luv U (215)
  • Text Me (220)
  • Tweet Me (225)
  • Tru Luv (235)
  • Luv Bug (245)
  • 2 Cute (250)
  • Sweet Treet (255)
  • Be Sweet (260)
  • Smooch (265)
  • Only U (270)
  • B4N (280)

These COVERGIRL Lipsticks Smoochies Lip Balms are available NOW at drugstores!

Interested in giving them a try?

Thanks for these great new lip balms COVERGIRL!

Slim Down for Summer with New Limited Edition COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis

If there’s one thing I love more than a lip product it would be nail polish. So when I received my COVERGIRL products for this month I was super excited to see three bright and summery nail polishes.

COVERGIRL recently released their Outlast Stay Brilliant polishes in a new miniature size! These new miniature, cocktail inspired Glosstinis are made with the same chip resistant and high gloss formula as the regular size.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 6.32.00 PM

Personally, I love this idea! These polishes allow you to try the latest and brightest colors on your nails without committing to a full-size bottle! Perfect for a tropical getaway or just a fun way to change-up your look for summer.

These Glosstinis are available in 9 gorgeous tropical shades that provide a glossy finish for up to 7 days!

Photo Credit: COVERGIRL.com

I received three shades-Orange Oasis (520), Pina Colada (510) and Purple Freeze (540). I personally love all three, but my favorite is Purple Freeze a super pretty mid-tone purple lilac shade. These polishes are opaque after two coats and the best part is that they are super glossy-NO NEED FOR TOPCOAT!covergirl july glosstini 1Interested in picking up a tropical cocktail for your nails? Check out your local COVERGIRL Retailer for these COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY BRILLIANT GLOSSTINIS.

Checkout COVERGIRL.com for more information!glosstini3 4Thank you so much COVERGIRL for sharing these Glosstinis with me!

xox,

amanda brooke